Wondering Wanderer

Week Notes Vol 71

September 13, 2020

I thought 2020 was a pile of steaming garbage after fires in Australia, police violence and COVID-19. Current wildfires that have taken over the west coast is definitely the last thing we needed. Yet we have been knowing it was coming for decades. Climate change is very much real, has been so yet there are no changes made on national level.

I went on a quickie hike on Monday but bailed out when we started smelling smoke. The wind storm that swept across Oregon on Monday and Tuesday has been the worst I have seen during living here for 15 years. On Wednesday there was smoke, on Thursday we lost the sky and this morning I woke up not being able to see two blocks away due to smoke. I’m grateful for having a place that is mostly air proof and having an air purifier but it is barely keeping things tolerable. Yet there really is nowhere to go unless youare aiming for Wyoming or Montana.

I was supposed to be on Timberline, making my way to second night at Top Spur on the round trip. Obviously this is no longer happening this year, perhaps not even in 2021 depending on how bad the fires will get.

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Written by Katrin Valdre who has a permanent address in Portland, OR but does not believe in one physical location. You should follow her on Twitter